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Healthy Workplace Award

2017 Healthy Workplace Award Applications are now being accepted New

Healthy Workplace Award
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Durham Region Health Department is pleased to offer your workplace the opportunity to achieve the Durham Region Healthy Workplace Award. This award recognizes workplaces for their efforts to support the health of their employees.

The goal of a healthy workplace is to encourage employees to be healthy at work. A healthy workplace experiences many benefits including healthier employees, less absenteeism, increased productivity, less sick leave, and better workplace morale. Workplaces are unique. Within Durham we are proud to have multiple sectors providing services and job opportunities for Durham residents.

Workplaces can receive recognition by implementing a variety of health promotion strategies on a particular health topic. Strategies can include awareness raising, education and skill building, environmental changes, and informal or formal policies and guidelines that are reflective of your health topic.

How to Apply

  1. Choose your health topic and the activities that you completed.
  2. Complete the Healthy Workplace Award Application
  3. Submit all completed forms to Durham Region Health Department through one of the following submission methods:
    • Mail to: Durham Region Health Department
      Attn: Healthy Workplace Award
      605 Rossland Road East
      P.O. Box 730
      Whitby, ON L1N 0B2
    • Fax to: 905-666-6214, Durham Region Health Department Attn: Healthy Workplace Award
    • Submit to your public health nurse

For more information contact the public health nurse associated with your workplace or phone Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Identify topic(s) of choice: healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free living, substance misuse, falls prevention, injury prevention, motor vehicle safety, mental health, sun-safety, cancer screening, other. Choose one or more.

Step 2: Implement as many strategies as possible (minimum of 6 total)

  • promote fact sheets, brochures
  • put up a display/table with resources
  • distribute the Healthy Workplace Newsletter
  • use social media/email to promote messages to employees
  • survey your employees to assess their needs
  • use paystubs to promote healthy lifestyle messages
  • promote a contest/quiz/employee challenge
  • set up a bulletin board
  • provide access to a topic expert/professional
  • have a lunch and learn/seminar/presentation
  • promote online education/skill building opportunities
  • provide train the trainer opportunities
  • promote support or advice lines
  • environmental changes to support health
  • make changes to improve quality of life at work
  • provide economic supports to advance wellness opportunities
  • develop sample policies and guidelines
  • work with a public health nurse

Step 3: Complete application

Submit completed applications via: fax, email, pdf, post.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply for more than one risk factor topic?
    Yes, however it only takes successful completion of one topic to be awarded.
  2. Where can I apply for the award?
    The award application can be submitted by mail, fax, or through the public health nurse assigned to your workplace. A pdf copy of the award can also be downloaded, completed, and printed for submission.
  3. Can I apply for the award if I’m a previous award winner?
    Yes. Repeat winners demonstrate commitment to workplace wellness.
  4. Can I work on other topics outside of those listed?
    Yes, however the award applies to topics included in the list.
  5. Is there a deadline to apply?
    Yes, the application deadline is October 17, 2017.
  6. Who would I contact if I need help completing this application?
    Your public health nurse is available to help you with any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out!
  7. How are award recipients acknowledged?
    The workplace will receive a letter and a certificate with the option of a formal presentation at their workplace. We will also recognize award winners on our webpage and social media outlets.
  8. I am new to comprehensive workplace health. In fact, we have just started, can I still apply?
    Yes, absolutely! There is a place for every workplace to begin. Use the strategies described and circle all those that apply to your workplace.
    What if I have questions other than those listed? Our webpage includes a variety of resources regarding health topics and using the comprehensive workplace wellness process. Also feel free to reach out to your public health nurse. Durham Health Connection line is also available for your questions. Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729